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Leadership team

Profiles of our Executive team and Board.

Executive team

David Smith

David is the Chief Executive of ENA and serves on our Board of Directors.

Before becoming Chief Executive in October 2007, David was ENA’s Deputy Chief Executive in charge of policy and joined ENA in July 2003. Previously he was Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Retail Consortium where he was responsible for the retail industry implementation of ‘Chip & Pin’ in the UK.

David is Non-Executive Board Member of the South Tees Development Corporation, the first Mayoral Development Corporation to be established outside London to oversee the redevelopment of the former Redcar Steelworks and a Board member of Teesside Freeport, the UK’s largest Freeport.

David is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Randolph Brazier

Randolph is Director, Innovation and Electricity Systems at ENA. He joined us in January 2017 as Head of Innovation and was promoted to his current role in December 2020. He is responsible for delivering a broad range of strategic and policy initiatives, including the development of smart grids through our world-leading Open Networks project, facilitation of new markets and the roll-out of low carbon technologies.

He previously worked in the design and management of multi-disciplinary projects in the power and renewables sectors in the UK, Europe and Australia.

He has an M.Phil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and is a regular presenter and panellist at a wide range of innovation and low carbon events and conferences.

Ross Easton

Ross is Director, External Affairs at ENA and joined the organisation in January 2020. He leads ENA's External Affairs team to deliver high-quality public affairs, digital and media engagement on behalf of our members.

Ross has 15 years of experience advising senior leaders, including CEOs, Board Directors and Cabinet ministers at the heart of government.

He began his career in the energy industry at SSE in 2006, where he spent seven years in the Corporate Affairs function before holding similar roles at The Weir Group and Network Rail. He moved into the UK Government in 2017 as a civil servant working in the area of building safety policy and supporting Dame Judith Hackitt with the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

In 2019 he became Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, where he worked on New Decade, New Approach, a deal which restored the government of the Northern Ireland Executive after a three-year hiatus.

He holds a degree in Business and Management Studies, a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies with Distinction, and a Diploma in Professional Public Relations. He is a member of the Transport+Energy Editorial Board and a judge for the PRCA Communications Awards.

Alison Heath

Alison joined the energy industry in 1985 working first within the Industrial Relations team and then in the Company Secretary’s department at the Electricity Council. Following the privatisation of the industry in 1990 she moved to the Electricity Association and in 2003 was part of the initial team in the formation of the Energy Networks Association (ENA).

She was appointed Director Corporate Services and Company Secretary in 2008 with responsibility for company legal and secretarial, human resources, finance, events, IT, radio teleswitch and facilities management.

Alison is Company Secretary of Northmere Limited, a member of the Social Sustainability Working Group with Eurelectric (the sector association which represents the common interests of the electricity industry at European level) and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.

Alison is a trained mediator and a mental health first aider.

Paul McGimpsey

Paul is Director, Markets & Regulation at ENA, with responsibility for influencing the regulatory environment in the delivery of efficient, sustainable and secure networks through the RIIO price control process, and wider work on policy and regulation.

Paul joined the organisation in June 2019, on secondment from SP Energy Networks, to lead the ENA's secretariat team, providing expert facilitation and support to Ofgem's Network Access and Targeted Charging significant code reviews.

Paul has 25 years of experience in the industry on commercial and regulatory matters across transmission and distribution, most recently leading on the development of SP Energy Networks' whole system strategy for its RIIO-ED2 business plan.

Paul has an honours degree in Commerce and Information Management and a Masters in Business Administration.

Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of senior leaders within each of ENA’s member companies, with a Chairperson appointed every two years. David Smith, Chief Executive also sits on the Board of ENA.

  • Phil Jones, Chairperson

    Phil is Chairperson of Energy Networks Association and the President and Chief Executive of member company Northern Powergrid. He has been in the electricity distribution sector since 1993. He is a chartered electrical engineer and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity prior to the merger with Northern Electric in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the energy industry.

  • Chris Bennett

    Chris is currently Interim President, Electricity Transmission at National Grid and over the last five years has been Director of UK Regulation with a primary focus on RIIO-2 price controls. Other key activities include running a successful Customer and Stakeholder transformation programme for UK businesses and leading our industry engagement in our role in delivering Net Zero.

    Chris has nearly 30 years’ experience in the UK Utility sector and has previously held senior commercial and operational roles in National Grid’s Gas Distribution, Metering and Transmission businesses. Chris is also a non-Exec of Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) and had previously sat on the Board of Cadent Gas and Xoserve.

  • Graham Edwards

    Graham is Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities (WWU). He has held the role since the organisation began in 2005, following the acquisition of the gas networks from National Grid. Prior to joining WWU he held senior positions in the electricity and water sectors, with South Wales Electricity plc, Hyder plc and RWE Thames Water. Graham is a non-executive Director of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the University of South Wales. He has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

  • Peter Emery

    Peter is Chief Executive of Electricity North West. He joined the company from Drax Group plc where he served for over a decade and most recently in the post of Group Operations Director. He has a wealth of global energy experience garnered over a thirty-year career in the sector. Peter has also worked with Government and Regulators to enable the delivery of ambitious national and international climate change goals.

  • Steve Fraser

    Steve is Chief Executive of Cadent. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing and transforming infrastructure businesses latterly as Chief Operating Officer and a main board Director of the FTSE 100 water company United Utilities. Steve has a degree in Management Studies and a Masters in Engineering Management from UMIST he holds a diploma in Advanced Management from Harvard University.

  • Mark Horsley

    Mark has been Chief Executive Officer of Northern Gas Networks (NGN) since 2011. He has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector. Since joining NGN the company has transformed its approach to customer service, securing twelve national accolades for customer and employee experience, including a National Business Award for ‘Customer Focus’. Mark held the post of Chair of Energy Networks Association from 2004 to 2006. He was appointed Non-Executive Director of the EIC in September 2017.

  • Clive Linsdell

    Clive has specialised in developing competitive utilities for over 20 years. Since 2006 he has led BUUK through a period of growth to become the UK’s No1 utility new connections provider. Prior to joining BUUK, Clive worked in a wide variety of roles in the Water, Gas and Electricity sectors.

  • Rob McDonald

    Rob is Managing Director of Transmission at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). Prior to this Rob was SSE’s Managing Director Corporate and Business Services covering Legal, Regulation, Compliance, Safety and Large Capital Projects Services across the Group. Rob joined Southern Electric in 1997 and held various managerial roles within the Regulation Group including SSE’s Director of Regulation and Managing Director, Regulation and Strategy. In July 2006 he was appointed as a Board Director of Scotia Gas Networks plc. Prior to that Rob worked as an economist with the Office of Electricity Regulation (OFFER).

  • Frank Mitchell

    Frank is CEO, SP Energy Networks. He has over 20 years’ experience in working in the energy sector, covering all aspects of the power company value chain, in both the UK and USA. He is a professional engineer with extensive experience in the operation of gas and electric infrastructures and the modern asset management approach. Frank has experience in leading large, diverse, geographically spread teams to achieve step change in performance. He also has a history of involvement in M&A activity as well as leading strategic business change.

  • John Morea

    John is Chief Executive of SGN. He joined the company in May 2005 from SSE plc. He has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry. John is a companion of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers, a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and holds an MBA.

  • Basil Scarsella

    Basil is Chief Executive Officer and Director of UK Power Networks, owned by the CK Group. Prior to taking up the appointment at UK Power Networks, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks from 2005, also owned by the CK Group. Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant. He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to sport.

  • Fintan Slye

    Fintan Slye is Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid.

    Prior to joining National Grid, he was CEO of the EirGrid Group, the electricity transmission system operator and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He led a process of significant change within the company which included a programme on integrating renewables onto the Irish electricity grid and a new approach to public consultation and engagement. Fintan has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Entso-e (the European organisation for Transmission System Operators) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland. He also worked for McKinsey supporting clients across Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as holding roles in ESB National Grid and ESB International.

    He is a graduate of University College Dublin, from where he holds a Masters in Engineering Science and an MBA. Fintan has a deep knowledge of the industry and is passionate about decarbonisation, and was proud to announce (on 1 April 2019) the ESO’s ambition to operate the system with zero carbon by 2025.

  • Paul Stapleton

    Paul is Managing Director of NIE Networks and joined the company in 2018. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Paul worked for ESB for over 25 years, where he held a number of senior management positions including General Manager of Electric Ireland, ESB Group Treasurer and Financial Controller of ESB Networks Limited. Paul is also a committee member of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland.

  • Phil Swift

    Phil is Chief Executive of Western Power Distribution (WPD), a role he has held since November 2018. He joined WPD in 1992 following experience in the aerospace industry. With a degree in engineering and business, he has served in a variety of leadership roles within WPD. He has led the team responsible for the overall delivery of WPD’s ‘Well Justified Business Plan’ to Ofgem as part of the RIIO-ED1 process, and in July 2013, he was appointed to the Board of WPD as Operations Director.